Info

Kingdom Writers: A Podcast for Christian Writers of All Genres

Welcome to Kingdom Writers where CJ and Shelley Hitz are passionate about equipping and empowering Christian writers of all genres to share their unique gifts with the world. This podcast is filled with spiritual encouragement as well as prayers to help you overcome the resistance you face as a writer. Your story matters! We believe that you have a specific role to play in the kingdom of heaven to impact lives for eternity. And because of this, we will pour out our lives encouraging writers like you to not only tell your stories but to take the courageous step of self-publishing your stories in books that will outlive you and leave behind a powerful legacy. This podcast is sponsored by Christian Book Academy where we help you give birth to your books. We invite you to join our community of Kingdom Writers!
RSS Feed
Kingdom Writers: A Podcast for Christian Writers of All Genres
2022
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2021
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2020
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2019
December
November
October
August
July
June
February
January


2018
November
September
August
July
May
March
February
January


2017
December
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: March, 2022
Mar 30, 2022

We typically recommend giving yourself 90 days for each stage of the Kingdom Writers Path at the most.

However, we’ve had members publish a book within a month of joining Christian Book Academy. For example, Jennifer Nelson published a book 10 days after enrolling in our membership.

It depends on the time you have to invest and the scope of your book project.

If you take at least 90 days on each stage it would look something like this...

  1. First Draft: 90 days
  2. Final Draft: 90 days
  3. Self-Publish: 90 days

This means you can get your book published in 9 months.

 

Join Our Community of Kingdom Writers

Get on the waitlist for Christian Book Academy here: https://christianbookacademy.com 

Mar 23, 2022

Many of you have visited the Redwood National Park in northern California. Shelley & I visited that area a few years ago. I remember walking through forests with lush ferns among these gentle giants in all their majesty. Imagine the Creator of those trees!

-Redwoods can grow as tall as 400 feet

-The oldest redwood is thought to be over 3200 years old and is known as the “President”

-Some are wide enough for a car to drive through

-Roots only go about 7-8 feet deep but can be spread out over 100 feet

-Redwood roots are intertwined with other redwoods which allows them to remain stable even through strong storms. I see Christian Book Academy like a gentle redwood forest where our roots intertwine with one another.

-A redwood cone can produce 150-250 seeds, each seed being only the size of a tomato seed. That’s about the size of the head of a matchstick

Our books also begin with a seed idea. That seed is then watered by God and it continues to grow into something we could have hardly imagined.

Redwoods are rugged trees. Some have deep grooves in the bark, some have been struck by lightning, some partially burned by fire, some blown over by winds. Kingdom Writers are a rugged breed as we can all attest to. Many of us have been battered by various elements and yet we still stand tall with the Lord’s strength.

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” – 1 Peter 1:7 NLT

Among these redwood forests are also trees that have toppled over due to old age. These trees are ideal for kids and adults alike to jump up and play on. Many of these toppled trees also have new trees growing out from the middle where it might be hollowed out. These dead trees are still giving life to young trees! There will be a time when each of us topple over but we can continue giving life through our books and writings.

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7 NLT

Finally, a single lone redwood tree is quite impressive by itself but a forest of these giants is spectacular. Similarly, a lone Christian writer can produce impressive stuff but it’s a beautiful thing to be part of a forest of Kingdom Writers with all of our diversity, styles and varying backgrounds. We can lean on one another as the storms of life hit. Consider CBA to be a Kingdom Writers redwood forest where we cause others to look up and give glory to our great God!

Your Writing Battle Plan

Powerful things happen when you integrate your faith with your writing, publishing, and marketing. 

Learn how to create your writing battle plan so you can move forward in God's call on your life to write in our Battle Plan All-Access Pass. You'll get 15 presentations plus 13 bonus trainings including our Priestly Pen bundle here: https://kingdomwritersconference.com/battleplan/ 

 

Mar 16, 2022

There are three types of book marketing you can do.

1. Free organic marketing (usually takes longer and requires more time)
2. Paid ads (for authors the best platform is Amazon Ads but still requires a learning curve)
3. Partner marketing through strategic relationships (very powerful but requires connecting with others in your niche or those who already have a platform similar to your target audience)

Free Organic Marketing:

Content marketing, social media, etc. The pro is that it’s FREE. The con is that it takes more time.

Amazon ads:

Amazon ads do take time and a learning curve. But with persistence, they can be very effective. We've done very well with ads for my book Broken Crayons Still Color.

Partner Marketing:

I share 11 ideas for partner marketing in this video. You can watch it here: https://trainingauthors.com/get/email-list/

27 Book Marketing Ideas

Download our free PDF with 27 different ideas to market your book here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/ideas/

Mar 9, 2022

There are advantages to both traditional publishing and self-publishing. I personally have chosen self-publishing (independent publishing) and love it! However, it’s not always the best fit for everyone.

Here are some benefits to consider: https://www.trainingauthors.com/the-benefits-of-independent-publishing-self-publishing/

If you want to go down the path of self-publishing, I’m your girl and can help you every step of the way. If you want to traditionally publish, you will need to create a book proposal and pitch it to publishers and/or find an agent to help you.

Publishing Map

Download our free publishing map and video explaining the self-publishing process here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/publishing-map

Mar 2, 2022

When you have multiple book ideas, how do you decide which book to write first?

Here are a few questions to ask:

  • When you're praying about it, do you get a sense from God which book is first?
  • What do you feel the most passionate about right now?
    What are your goals right now? Does one of the books line up better with your goals?
  • What are your goals right now? Does one of the books line up better with your goals?
  • Which book could you get done first? Which one seems like you have the most content or is easiest to write? You learn the process, get it done, and start momentum.

Move Forward in God’s Call to Write

If you don’t have a copy yet, get your copy of our new book Kingdom Writers so that you can move forward in God’s call to write in your life here: https://trainingauthors.com/book 

 

1